Softball Seeks to Regain Winning Ways at St. Bonaventure, HL Leader Valparaiso
The Youngstown State softball team (21-9-1, 5-4 Horizon League) looks to regain its winning form when it plays five road games this week. The Guins visit St. Bonaventure in a doubleheader, Wednesday, April 11, at 3 p.m. and Valparaiso in a three-game Horizon League series, April 14-15.
First pitch in the doubleheader against the Crusaders on April 14 is set for 2 p.m. (ET) and at 1 p.m. (ET) for the single game on April 15.
The Guins are coming off two victories over Saint Francis (Pa.), 3-2, 9-1, on April 3 and three straight losses to Loyola, 11-0, 9-3, 5-1, last weekend.
About St. Bonaventure
The Bonnies are currently 14-14 overall but are just 2-4 at home this season. Leading St. Bonaventure is Brooke Frey with a .356 batting averge while Ashley Snider is batting .342 and has a team-high four home runs. Jen Sansano leads the pitching staff with a 9-6 record and a 3.39 earned run average.
The St. Bonaventure Series
The Guins and Bonnies have met 20 times previously with the Guins owning a 13-7 record in the overall series.
Valparaiso enters this week with an overall record of 22-10 and a Horizon League-best 6-0 mark. The Crusaders are the top hitting team in the league with a .328 batting average led by Jordan Rutkowski's .475 average and Jessie Marinec's .435 mark. Rutkowski also has 11 home runs and 44 runs batted in. Alex LaGesse leads the staff with an 11-6 record and a 2.21 earned-run average. Sam McGee is also pitching well with a 9-2 record.
The Valpo Series
Valparaiso leads the all-time series 18-5 and has beaten YSU nine straight times.
Guins Have Four in Top 10
Youngstown State currently ranks second in the Horizon League with a .318 batting average and has four players that rank in the top 10 in batting average. Senior Haley Thomas is third (.431), junior Vicky Rumph ranks fifth (.385), senior Jordan Ingalls is tied for seventh (.376) and junior Sarah Gabel is tied for ninth (.359).
Senior Haley Thomas became just the third player in school history to record at least 200 hits in a career last week. Now, Thomas, who has 205 career hits, needs just three more to move into a tie and four more to surpass Amanda Berry (208, 2001-04) for second place on the all-time list.
Ingalls' Second Century
Senior Jordan Ingalls is right on the heels of classmate Haley Thomas on the all-time hit list. Ingalls has 199 career hits and needs just one more to become the fourth player in school history to tally at least 200 career hits.
HL's Two Top Offensive to Square Off
When the Guins take on Valparaiso this weekend, it will be a match up of the top two offenses in the Horizon League. Valparaiso leads the league in batting average (.328), runs (205), (291) and runs batted in (149). Youngstown State ranks second in all of those categories with a .318 batting average, 176 runs, 273 hits and 149 runs batted in.
Crozier Climbing Strikeout Chart
Sophomore Casey Crozier is closing in on the 200 career strikeout mark. Crozier already ranks sixth all-time 172 career strikeouts and needs just 28 more to become the sixth pitcher in YSU history to post 200 whiffs.
Junior Vicky Rumph continues to put up outstanding offensive numbers for the Guins. Rumph is second on the team with a .385 batting average with nine doubles, a triple, three home runs and 24 runs batted in. Rumph also owns a .333 career batting average with 15 career home runs and 77 career RBIs, which ranks seventh all-time.
Guins Challenging Runs Record
Thirty-one games into the season, the Guins have scored 176 runs for an average of 5.7 runs per game. Their 176 runs already ranks as the sixth-highest total in school history and they need just two more to move into fifth place. They also need 45 more to break the school record of 220 runs scored in 2003.